My mother told me years ago that if I made sure the house was tidy before going to bed, the next day would run much smoother.
It took me about 11 years to realize she was right. I ignored this advice for much of those 11 years, and now, in my nearly 13th year of marriage, I have tried to make my home tidy before bed. It doesn't always work, of course, but I have found that if I get the kids in gear to put their things away and finish their chores in the evening (rather than in the morning or right after school), it not only gets done more quickly, but everyone seems to be happier. Rising to a clean(er-ish) house each morning has allowed me to focus on the immediate tasks on hand, rather than what was left-over. I don't feel "already behind," as it were.
Everybody's different, of course. We all do what works for us, but still, I kind of wish I had not rebelled against my mother's sound advice. It probably would have saved me years of frustration. In the cleaning sense, of course.
Books I'm Reading or Want To Read:
Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson
The China Study (still reading it! I know! It's very fascinating, but I'm reading it slowly. I'm almost done.)
The Book of Mormon (with the kids in the morning before school --we're in Alma.)
Second half of the New Testament (on my own. Most days. Okay, some days. I'm still reading The Acts.)
Harry Potter [Book One] by J.K. Rowling for my kids; we read a chapter every night!
Fablehaven [Book Five] by Brandon Mull
Percy Jackson Series
Salt Lake Acting Company is doing If You Give A Mouse A Cookie this year (last year it was this), and I'm excited! I think I just might take the kidlets...
I just ordered our Christmas Cards! Well, photo card thingies. You know, from Costco? The Photo Card...uh... thingies? Yeah! Them!
I've also written our family newsletter (which will be nearly 1/8 of our previous ones).
I've also written out lists of Christmas gifts for everyone, happily noting that several are already bought!
I've also contemplated not doing neighbor gifts again. Perhaps we'll stick to primary teachers and visiting teaching people and home teaching people.
You may be wondering, "Why is Cheryl doing all this Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving?" and "Doesn't she know it's not December, yet?" and "Why is she listing questions you might ask her?" I will tell you:
Year after year after year, December is mortifying is so many ways. I get stressed to the max with last-minute shopping, detail planning, cooking, baking, etc. I'm tired of it. Christmas is my most favorite holiday of the year (by far), and I'm just getting tired of the stress. My aunt told me years ago that she gets everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) done before the end of November. All gifts, all cards, everything. That way, their family can truly enjoy the Christmas Season and do things (service, cooking, caroling, concerts) that they otherwise wouldn't enjoy because of the time crunch.
She is a genius.
And for the first time, I'm actually going to do my best to get it all done. I'm half-way there!
1. Do you clean in the evening or in the morning?
2. What have you read lately that has rocked your world?
3. Do you always give Christmas gifts to the neighbors? If so, what do you do?
4. How do you lessen your stress over the Holiday Season?